Betsy Whitt

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Name That Novel

I’ve decided to create an interactive challenge for my blog. Every Monday I’ll post the opening of a book, every Friday I’ll post a last line (not from the same book), and you all get to take a swipe at guessing the novel in which they are found.

To be fair, if the opening sentence is really unhelpful, I’ll give you a bit more. And if there’s an introduction or a prologue, I reserve the right to decide whether the story really begins there or not. In the latter case, the “opening” will come from Chapter One instead. Don’t worry, I won’t be tricksy – or at least, if I am I’ll let you know about it ahead of time.

Monday answers will be posted in the Friday edition, and vice versa, so you’ll have a few days to make guesses.

I should also mention that until I exhaust the reserve of fiction on my very own shelves, you can probably find the novel in question on this list of the books in our fiction collection.

Feel free to chime in with questions – copy and pasting into Google for a search is generally frowned upon, and you get extra points for knowing title and author *without* having to double check. Not that I’ll know if you lie about it, but hey.

On to the first challenge:

It was the evening on which Messieurs Debienne and Poligny, the managers of the Opera, were giving a farewell gala performance to mark their retirement.

Name that Novel!



  1. I can tell this series is going to show where my reading deficits are.

    It seems like I should know this one, but it’s just not there.


  2. K. Ceres Wright

    May 3, 2007 at 6:36 am

    Phantom of the Opera is my guess, as the word Opera is in there. LOL

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